The Federal Government has announced its plan to introduce the use of indigenous languages to teach Mathematics and Science subjects in primary and secondary schools across the country.
The plan was unveiled by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu at the inauguration of the inter-ministerial committee on the teaching of Mathematics and Science subjects in local languages in Abuja on Wednesday.
The inter-ministerial committee, which involved Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education, Dr. Onu said would help to develop the capacity of the local languages to serve as effective tools for teaching mathematics and science subjects.
Expressing government’s concern about students’ low interest in mathematics and sciences, the minister said the move will help them (students) to understand the subjects better, and promote the application of science and technology for national development.
Onu added that countries like India, China adopted a related strategy by teaching mathematics and the science subjects in their indigenous languages at the primary school level.
He said, “For us to build the country of our dreams, for us to make Nigeria a truly great nation, a nation that is able to feed and house its citizens, a nation with a stable currency, we must embrace science and technology.
“Nigeria will remain dependent nation if the citizens did not embrace science and technology because no nation can become great without science and technology.
“If Nigeria is to be great then, Nigerians must embrace science and technology.
“The socio-economic challenges we are facing in the country is as a result of the inadequate application of science and technology.”